Choosing an Advanced Autism Certification

by | Dec 6, 2023 | Professionals, Training

If you’re an autism professional or aspiring autism professional, you might be considering an advanced autism certification. An advanced certification can help you to accelerate your career growth, but there are so many choices available; how do you know which certification is the right one for you?

What Is an Advanced Autism Certification?

If you work directly with or want to work directly with individuals with autism, you might want to consider getting an advanced autism certification, a certification that gives you more knowledge and experience surrounding autism.

There are several certifications available. Each type can teach participants a range of skills that can help them to better understand autism and help autistic individuals, but not every certification program is the same.

Who Might Benefit From an Advanced Autism Certification?

Some professionals who commonly apply for advanced autism certifications include those working in:

  • Speech/language pathology
  • Occupational therapy
  • Physical therapy
  • Special education
  • Education
  • Early childhood education
  • Educational psychology
  • Human development
  • Social work

If you work in any of these fields or in any role that requires you to interact directly with autistic children or adults, you could benefit from an advanced autism certification.

Why Get an Advanced Autism Certification?

Becoming a certified autism professional will allow you to grow your skill set, advance in your career and prove to your colleagues and clients that you are a consummate autism professional.

Advanced Autism Certification vs. Certified Autism Specialist

There’s a lot of information available online about advanced autism certifications and it can get confusing. What are the different kinds and what are the benefits of each one?

Several organizations offer advanced autism certifications. These give you advanced skills and knowledge that will make you a better autism professional. But some organizations offer a specific kind of autism certification called a Certified Autism Specialist (CAS) certification. This certification is more complicated and can take years to complete – that’s because the CAS requires a bachelor’s degree and at least 10 years of experience or a master’s degree and at least 2 years of experience.

On the other hand, an advanced autism certification requires less time and experience, so it’s the ideal choice for professionals who don’t currently have the education or experience required for the CAS.

Why Choose RDI® for Your Advanced Autism Certification?

RDI® isn’t like other autism remediation programs. While many programs focus on trying to change the autistic individual to better suit our society’s ideas of how they should behave, RDI® instead focuses on strengthening relationships, starting with the relationship between parent and child. RDI® encourages the parent to take an active role in remediation by working with their RDI® Certified Program Consultant. That’s because it’s these relationships that lead to learning, growth, development and, eventually, improved skills and a better quality of life.

RDI® is different from other autism remediation programs, so, naturally, an advanced autism certification from RDI® is different. An RDI® certification helps you to stand out from the crowd and shows that you are not afraid to do something different – and better – when it comes to autism remediation. 

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